Thursday, August 31

Instagram Bookbinding Challenge: August / Heart

 The theme for August for the #areyoubookenough bookbinding challenge on Instagram was Heart.


I didn't get a book made this month on the theme, but here's a little peek into my favourites for the month:


Feel free to follow along on Instagram, using the hashtag #areyoubookenough, to see what inspiring creations are being made around the world on each month's theme.

Monday, July 31

Instagram Bookbinding Challenge: July / Formation

I've been participating in an online bookbinding community challenge, where each month bookmakers from around the world challenge themselves to create a book on a chosen theme for the month. The theme for July was Formation, which could be interpreted in many different ways.


First steps of my book for July. 



Formation can be the process of being formed, and I wanted to try my hand at creating paper cloth or fabric paper for my cover. I started with a lightweight cotton fabric piece, and spread thinned PVA all over it. 


Then I layered tissue from old sewing patterns until I had 2-3 layers of tissue (with more glue brushed over each layer) covering the fabric.


It took a couple of days to dry completely, but once it was dry, I cut my cover piece, layered another fabric piece under it, and sewed random lines all over it with my sewing machine. (Random, but still in formation.) The end result is kind of like leather, and easy to work with. It gets softer and more pliable the more you work with it.


Then I stitched around the outside to give it a nice clean finish.


For the pages, I used handmade papers, again thinking of the process of forming the paper itself, as this journal was created.



I used a simple longstitch binding, with the stitching in nice neat rows on the spine (formation....).


I thought this vintage button complemented the design nicely.




Thanks for stopping by! If you are on Instagram, search the hashtag #areyoubookenough to see how other participating artists interpreted the theme. Prepare yourself to be inspired!

Friday, June 30

Instagram Bookbinding Challenge: June / Hardware Store

I've been participating in an online bookbinding community challenge, where each month bookmakers from around the world challenge themselves to create a book on a chosen theme for the month. After the heavy theme of Grief in May, the theme for June was much lighter: Hardware Store.


For this month's theme of #hardwarestore , we were to find some materials at a hardware store that aren't normally used for bookbinding. My book is a Jacob's Ladder book structure, which can also be a toy. 

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The first thing I did when planning my book was to head over to my local ArtsJunktion instead of the Hardware Store. I knew I would find linoleum samples and other hardware materials there, that had been discarded by local businesses. So win-win for me and the environment!


Next, I painted a tyvek mailing envelope, also found at ArtsJunktion, to cut into the ribbons holding it together. I love the texture of the veins in the tyvek when you paint it!



Construction wasn't too difficult, and I only messed up once when attaching the layers together! I forgot to criss-cross the ribbons, and ended up with a solid block of layers. To make it easy, I used Sookwang two sided tape as the adhesive.



Here are a few more pictures of my finished book: 




And one more video of the book in action:


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Thanks for stopping by! If you are on Instagram, search the hashtag #areyoubookenough to find all the imaginative creations of participating artists. Prepare yourself to be inspired!

Wednesday, May 31

Instagram Bookbinding Challenge: May / Grief

I've been participating in an online bookbinding community challenge, where each month bookmakers from around the world challenge themselves to create a book on a chosen theme for the month. The theme for May was Grief. However you interpret it, art/creating is very therapeutic in working through grief. I'm sure this month was very emotional for a lot of us, but it was good.



Here's my entry for May:


I thought a Rebound Journal would be fitting with the theme, and this title called out to me from my shelf of books. 


What comes to mind when you journey through grief? Here are some of the words I felt as I created my book for this month
-unraveling 
-woven and stitched back together 
-patched up
-journeying 

-ongoing endless journey 
-uphill climb
-darkness 

-loose threads
-unfinished 

-altered, changed
-emptiness, holes 

-torn apart 
-don't talk about it 
-keep it inside 
-get over it 
-healing 
-light
-joy
-happy memories 

-hope




I used a variety of techniques to express these emotions through the pages. Here's a little slideshow of my book to show you inside:


And when it's all said and done, close it up and keep things under wraps (with a button).


Thanks for stopping by! If you are on Instagram, search the hashtag #areyoubookenough to find all the thoughtful creations of participating artists. Prepare yourself to be inspired!

Sunday, April 30

Instagram Bookbinding Challenge: April / Nature Walk



I've been participating in an online bookbinding community challenge, where each month bookmakers from around the world challenge themselves to create a book on a chosen theme for the month. The theme for April was Nature Walk. If you are on Instagram, search the hashtag #areyoubookenough to find all the amazing creations of participating artists. Prepare yourself to be inspired!


I had very good intentions of completing a book on the theme #naturewalk for the #areyoubookenough#bookbindingchallenge for April. But with preparations for the #winnipegetsy Spring Market and the deadline for #incometax coinciding, it didn't happen. I will save my idea and it might come to fruition in another month, and I'll be able to start next month's in time.

Friday, March 31

Instagram Bookbinding Challenge: March / Time


I've been participating in an online bookbinding community challenge, where each month bookmakers from around the world challenge themselves to create a book on a chosen theme for the month. The theme for March was Time. If you are on Instagram, search the hashtag #areyoubookenough to find all the amazing creations of participating artists. Prepare yourself to be inspired!

Here's my entry for March:



In an age of fast fashion, fast food, and instant gratification, I wanted to do something that was all about slow process and old supplies. 



Using only materials that I had on hand, I laid out some patchwork cotton fabric pieces on a muslin foundation, and slowly stitched them together #Borostitchstyle. 




I used beautiful rayon threads that I found at a thrift shop ages ago. 



The colours were brighter than I wanted my finished book to be, so I tea dyed the patchwork to age and dull the colours. This worked really well.



I soaked the patchwork piece overnight in the tea bath.



I used another tea dyed vintage linen on the inside of the cover. 



The pages are also slow--handmade papers made locally @botanicalpaperworks and sourced at my local @artsjunktion .

Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to check out the hashtag #AreYouBookEnough on Instagram to be delighted and inspired by other makers around the world!

Monday, March 20

Instagram Bookbinding Challenge: February / Peace


I've been participating in an online bookbinding community challenge, where each month bookmakers from around the world challenge themselves to create a book on a chosen theme for the month. The theme for February was Peace. If you are on Instagram, search the hashtag #areyoubookenough to find all the amazing creations of participating artists. Prepare yourself to be inspired!


When the theme was announced, the words of the hymn "When Peace Like a River" kept going through my head, so I just went with it! I wanted to make a Star Book with the words cut out on the pages. I used a star book kit from Quietfire Design, that I was gifted many years ago. Using the kit helped me focus on the paper cutting and not worry about the construction details. The picture above shows everything that was included in the kit.


I started by counting the letters and dividing it by the number of pages, so I'd know how many words/letters to fit on each page. They flow from one word to the next without spaces. After drawing them out on graph paper, I transferred the design on each dark (navy) page to the back of  each page with white pencil crayon, and then cut out the negative space around the letters.



While the pencil marks were on the wrong side, I wanted to erase as much as possible for a cleaner finish. I tried all of these tools: tape, kneaded eraser, white vinyl eraser, and black vinyl eraser. Guess which worked the best? The black vinyl eraser!


I love how the light plays with the letters on each individual page! I've filed this idea away for future book ideas...


Assembling the book was relatively easy with the clear instructions provided in the kit. First, gluing the covers.


Sewing the structural pages together with a link stitch.


Adding the rest of the layers of pages...


Putting the finished book...


...in my very expensive high tech book press.


And then it's done!



Don't forget to check out the hashtag #areyoubookenough on Instagram to see all the amazing books made on the same thing by bookbinders around the world!